Eric Bana has been away from film screens for a minute, depriving them of his commanding body and mounting concern. Appropriately sufficient, in “The Dry” he performs a Melbourne cop, Aaron Falk, who visits his evocatively dusty hometown years after fleeing tragedy. In Robert Connolly’s adaptation of Jane Harper’s crime greatest vendor, Aaron will get embroiled in investigating new killings and outdated traumas.
The ugly murders of a highschool good friend and most of his household are what deliver Aaron to city for the funeral service. But some nonetheless harbor grudges towards him over the dying of one other good friend from adolescence, Ellie (BeBe Bettencourt), who drowned below whitewashed circumstances years in the past. Aaron’s former neighbors undertaking their twinkly curiosity and simmering resentments about all this onto him.
Lending a hand to a sheepish native cop (Keir O’Donnell), Aaron makes his gently agency rounds. The investigation is a tad leisurely, its momentum sapped by flashbacks to the drowning and associated intrigue and pet love. So the pleasure (as in numerous TV crime exhibits) lies in fact-finding visits with pals and strangers: a really fond pal from the outdated gang, Gretchen (Genevieve O’Reilly), a rumpled principal (John Polson), a bumptious suspect (Matt Nable). Special point out: the native cop’s no-nonsense spouse (Miranda Tapsell).
The many pink herrings and the dark-secret finale recall the dependable, compulsive enchantment of a page-turner, though the tensions don’t at all times really feel absolutely translated to the rhythms and calls for of a movie. But Bana would possibly simply be set to responsibly type by way of extra messy crimes: “The Dry” was solely the primary in Harper’s sequence of Aaron Falk tales.
Rated R for murders, non-murder dying, and understandably heated language. Running time: 1 hour 57 minutes. In theaters and out there to hire or purchase on Apple TV, Vudu and different streaming platforms and pay TV operators. Please seek the advice of the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier than watching films inside theaters.